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One “Weekly Winner” in each age division of the drumset category will be chosen during each week of the contest. These winners will be determined by a team of judges representing Modern Drummer magazine, including David Frangioni (MD Publisher/CEO), Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold), Jessica Burdeaux (independent) and Nic Kubes (MD Director Of Special Projects). The Winners will be announced weekly beginning March 15, 2021 and automatically become Finalists.

The Weekly contests are cumulative, meaning that the all current contest entries are eligible to be selected as a Weekly Winner— not just those entries registered during a specific week. For example, the Week Three winner will be selected from all entries registered during weeks one, two and three.

Winners will be notified by email, posted here and announced on the HLAG Social pages on Mondays from March 15 through April 26, 2021.

Judges

David Frangioni
David Frangioni

David Frangioni
40+

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Arin Ilejay
18-39

Jessica Burdeaux
Jessica Burdeaux

Jessica Burdeaux
<13

Nic Kubes
Nic Kubes

Nic Kubes
13-17

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Tim Thompson

In addition to the above judges representing Modern Drummer magazine, Tim Thompson is responsible for viewing and grading every contest entry as the first level of review in the weekly judging process. Tim is Director of the Hamburg Percussion drum school in Buffalo, New York and a member of the Percussive Arts Society Diversity Alliance Committee, Sabian Education Network, Professional Drum Teachers Guild of America, Vic Firth Education Team and D’Addario Education Collective. 

Week Six Winners

<13

FORGOT YOUR DETAILS?

Hi! I’m Yu Chiao from Taiwan.
This year is the 10th anniversary of “Hit like a girl contest”, and it is also my third time to participate,and this time the work is still a solo way to express my music,

Taiwan
118 Votes

FORGOT YOUR DETAILS?

13-17

My name is Alliya Anindita Handini my nickname is Alliya. I come from Indonesia, I am 13 years old. I started learning drums from the age of 6. I studied drums at SMI (Indonesian Music School). During my time learning

Indonesia
73 Votes

18-39

My name is Rebekah Rayner and I’m a 23 year old drummer based in London. I first picked up the drums when I was 6 years old and have not been able to keep away since. My influences include Dave

England
26 Votes

40+

I was born in Yamagata, Japan.
I started playing the piano from age six.
In university, I was in the collage of music.
I encountered the drums then.
After graduating from university,
I majored in drums at the YAMAHA Music

Japan
103 Votes

Week Five Winners

<13

My name is Sora Fujii
I am 12 years old, Japanese.
I started drums since I was 6 years old.
My favorite genre is ROCK.
I played a song that I love so hard.
I’m confident about the hard song!

Japan
47 Votes

13-17

Hi! My name is Gwen Shahboz. I am 15 years old and I am from Florida. I love drumming because it allows me to express myself using music. When I am having a hard day, I can go over to

United States
80 Votes

18-39

I am a drummer, multi-instrumentalist and producer from the city of Medellín (Colombia).
Since I was seven years old, and thanks to my family, I approached drums with passion and discipline from the very first moment.
I have worked on

Colombia
21 Votes

40+

I attended my first live concert when I was 12, after hearing a band was in town that had a song on the radio I liked. I was so completely blown away by the energy and power of live music,

United States
62 Votes

Week Four Winners

<13

Hello, my name is En-Chia Hsu, I come from Taiwan, next month I will be nine years old. I belong to the aboriginal tribe of Paiwan, the place which I live near beautiful mountains and river, my father often teaches

R.O.C
454 Votes

13-17

Hello, my name is Addison Giglione and I am fourteen years old. I started playing the drums at ten, and I have had a strong passion for it ever since. I started playing the drums because I felt that women

USA
83 Votes

18-39

Music has been in Isabelle’s blood since before she was born. Growing up in a musical family, she began piano lessons at age 4, and eventually picked up the drums at age 7, which quickly became her favorite and main

USA
6 Votes

40+

I am an engineer who drums as a hobby. My first drumming teacher told me that as a female drummer I have time only until the age of 40. Then I had a baby boy and I’ve started to drum

Turkey
17 Votes

Week Three Winners

<13

Hi! My name is Lola and I am 11 years old. This is my first time entering Hit Like A Girl. I have been playing drums since I was 5 and absolutely love the freedom and fun it brings me,

UK
403 Votes

13-17

This is not a drum cover. It is a playthrough of the drum track I composed for the original recording.

My name is Giovanna. My nickname is GGDrummer. I’ve been playing drums since I was 9 years old. Currently I

Brazil
28 Votes

18-39

My name is Wiktoria Bialic. I’m from Poland and I’m 21 years old. My adventure with music has began with a musical school which I attended for 12 years.I played on: marimba, vibraphone, timpani. Nobody taught me how to play

Poland
26 Votes

40+

Salut à tous! Voici mon tout premier concours! Je pratique la batterie depuis 9 ans… J’ai pris quelques cours pendant un an mais suis autodidacte et non lectrice! J’ai commencé le jeu en groupe au bout de 6 mois de

FRANCE
159 Votes

Week Two Winners

<13

October 2018 is the year that I decided to learn playing drums, and in the same year, I’m interested to a song called Lingus by Snarky Puppy and I loved it. And after 3 years playing drums, finally i try

Indonesia
66 Votes

13-17

I’m Anna V, and I’m thrilled to be entering the Hit Like A Girl Contest for my second time! I’m 13yrs old here shooting this video, about three and a half years into my drumming journey. Mostly, my playing has

USA
73 Votes

18-39

While some develop talent, others are simply born gifted. Jaleacia, a young, fresh, electrifying 19 year old musician prone to be observed by the world, is proving herself to belong with the stars. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, a

United States
4 Votes

40+

Hi – my name is Jennifer Towns and I am thrilled to be entering this year’s Hit Like a Girl contest! I’ve been drumming for about three years now, and what started out as a fun hobby has of course

United States
465 Votes

Week One Winners

<13

My name is Allegra Care`, I’m from Perth Western Australia & I am 8 years old.

When I was younger I had a passion for music, always singing, dancing, playing my ukulele & watching my dad play guitar.
At the

Australia
376 Votes

13-17

Hi, Everyone. This is Rinay Prasad from Chennai, India. Nice to be back as a contestant for the second time. The track I am playing is Mia Kayleigh “Awakening” played by her Band “The Yangheart Project”. I chose this song

INDIA
70 Votes

18-39

Since I was a child I have always been fascinated by music and it seems that music and rhythm have become my passion. I remember when I was in 1st grade, I told my teacher that I wanted to be

Viet Nam
320 Votes

40+

Hi, I’m Niri.
About 4 years ago, I bought myself a 39th birthday present – a drum lesson, without any intention for something serious to happen, with no experience, and with lots of self-humor.
That evening I got back home

Israel
232 Votes